Alaska State Troopers want drivers to be more careful, and they are intensifying patrols for Independence Day as well as throughout the weekend to send their message. 

According to troopers, 34 people have died in 31 crashes on Alaska roads and highways so far in 2019.

Capt. Tony April says these deaths could have been prevented with safer driving. 

"We'll have extra troopers out there, but we need everyone doing their part to have a safe Fourth of July," Capt. April said.

Drivers who text at the wheel, someone trying to pass in a no-passing zone or driving under the influence can cause deadly car accidents. Troopers say they will be watching this weekend for those drivers.

Anyone who is driving 10-19 mph over the posted speed limit could face fines of $8 per mile over, as well as four points on their driver's licenses. Motorists speeding 20-plus mph over the speed limit will be fined $12 per mile over and 6 points added to their licenses. 

This means if you're driving 75 mph in a 55 mph speed zone you could face $250 in fines.

Also, drivers should keep in mind these fines double for safety corridors and marked construction zones. If this sounds like a steep price to pay for speeding, troopers say to keep in mind the cost of losing a life, causing an accident, jail time and court fines.

Money for increased patrols was made possible by the National DUI High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) Campaign. AST says the funds were issued through the Alaska Highway Safety Office. High Visibility Enforcement is a nationwide approach to deterring unsafe and unlawful driving by increasing law enforcement presence and focusing on a particular traffic safety issue. 

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